Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, the first art space in China dedicated solely to photography and new media, aspires to be the country’s most professional and robust venue for contemporary photography.
In order to further expand the Chinese photography community and strengthen our ties with institutions around the world, the Beijing location of Three Shadows offers an Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR).

Residents are encouraged to design a unique program for themselves during their stay—this could mean working on new commissions, collaborating with other artists in Beijing, or teaching workshops in the area.

Through our lectures, seminars, workshops, and renowned outdoor summer concert series, Three Shadows has spent years fostering a rich community of creative individuals and building a space for them in Beijing. We are ready to provide the facilities and network artists need to complete projects, introduce them to a far-ranging list of creatives, help them obtain necessary resources and materials, support collaborations with organizations based in Beijing, and offer assistance with promoting their works in China.
Please note that the Three Shadows program is managed on a non-profit basis. Participants are therefore expected to cover the costs of living and studio fees while Three Shadows provides all the other necessary support to make their time in Beijing fun and fruitful.

Eligible Applicants

Although the AIR program is primarily tailored to photographers, Three Shadows also gladly accepts scholars and curators interested in living and working in China.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a short form detailing their basic information and their requested accommodation along with a CV, a portfolio, a plan for their stay, a letter of recommendation, and any other materials they think pertinent.

Accommodations are available from March to November 2018. Duration of stay is flexible.


Three Shadows offers artists three different kinds of living quarters—all of varying size and price. Every room has AC, a bathroom, and free wireless Internet, and artists have access to a common artist-in-residence kitchen and a laundry room, as well as a host of facilities at Three Shadows.

The size of the entire Three Shadows complex is 2,500 square meters. It contains an exhibition hall, a courtyard, a cafe, a bookstore, a multi-purpose room for lectures or seminars, a commercial gallery, and a state-of-the-art professional publishing house.

Program Fees

Three Shadows offers three accommodation options.

35 square meter studio (large bedroom, private bathroom): 2,650RMB/week

65 square meter studio (large bedroom, private bathroom, balcony): 3,780RMB/week

70 square meter studio (private bathroom, living room): 3,780RMB/week

Fees include electricity, water, heating, local phone calls, wireless Internet access, and a comprehensive orientation about Beijing.

Artists who stay for more than a month will receive a 20% discount.

Additional Information

Please submit applications at least three months before your anticipated arrival.